Man arrested in Leilani Estates shooting incident

Hawaii Island police arrested a Pahoa man in connection with a Tuesday afternoon shooting incident in the lower Puna area.

Police responded to a report of gunshots fired near the intersection of Kahukai and Makamae Streets in the Leilani Estates Subdivision, according to a Hawaii County press release.

The victim, a 32-year-old man from Leilani Estates, told police that he and several acquaintances were surveying the area of his former residence that had since been taken by lava when they were approached by a man in a pickup truck about 12:15 p.m.

The suspect allegedly assaulted, then pointed a firearm at the victim and his group, demanding that they immediately leave the area, according to a press release. During the argument, the suspect fired several shots from a handgun. No one was injured by gunfire, and the victim sustained non-life-threatening injuries stemming from the assault.

John Hubbard, 61, also of Leilani Estates, was arrested about 1 p.m. near the scene without incident. He was taken to the Hilo cellblock.

An investigation continues.

  1. manawai May 31, 2018 7:37 am Reply

    Another example of chronic substance abuse so rampant in that area.

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